Volunteer

BECOMING A VOLUNTEER:

Volunteering for Howard County 4-H can provide you with a wide variety of opportunities to encourage, educate and mentor youth.  Volunteer jobs may be one-time events, such as teaching a project workshop or may be ongoing like becoming a 4-H Club Leader.  To begin the process you should first…

CHOOSE A VOLUNTEER JOB:

Organizational Leader –support members by providing meaningful educational experiences to help youth grow and reach their fullest potential through a 4-H club experience and by informing and encouraging members, parents, and other volunteers to actively participate in appropriate 4-H opportunities to stimulate the best chance for their success.
 
Project Leader –help youth develop life skills and skills and information about a specific project.  Support members by providing meaningful educational experiences to help youth grow and reach their fullest potential through a 4-H club experience.
 
Clover Kids Leader –promote children’s positive development through cooperative learning and developmentally appropriate practices by providing opportunities for K-3 youth to practice 5 life skills: self-understanding, social interaction, decision-making, learning to learn and mastering physical skills.

START THE BACKGROUND CHECK:

Becoming a Howard County 4-H Volunteer is a fairly simple process.  However, our youth are our most valuable resource and we hold our volunteers to the highest standards of quality and safety.  For their protection we do require a letter of intent and a number of reference and safety checks for our ongoing volunteers.  After submission of your letter of intent you will be required to complete the following forms including: volunteer application, youth safety agreement, driving record check, child abuse registry check and criminal records check.  We also check the sex offender registry each year.

CURRENT LEADER RESOURCES

The following are resources for the current leaders of Howard County.
4-H LOGOS
     Green Clover                          
     Black & White Clover             
SAMPLE LETTER TO A NEW FAMILY                            
4-H CLUB PROGRAM PLAN                                             
TIPS TO SET A MEETING UP FOR SUCCESS                            
THE T.E.A.M. APPROACH – CHARACTER COUNTS!              

         

County 4-H News

Youth at workshop
October 30, 2019

Over 80 middle school students from fourteen schools in eight counties participated in “Youth Voice in Action”, a regional youth summit hosted by a team of  Iowa 4-H/ISU Extension and Outreach county and state staff.

Matt Ross - presentor at Farm Safety Day
September 12, 2019

The annual farm safety day was held on September 10, 2019 in Cresco at the Fairgrounds with 136 4th grade students from Crestwood, Notre Dame and Riceville schools.

August 22, 2019

Howard County 4-H members participated at the Iowa State Fair and received numerous awards on their static entries, livestock entries and communication entries.

August 13, 2019

ISU Extension and Outreach in Howard County is looking for a full-time County Youth Coordinator (CYC) with demonstrated initiative, drive and unique ideas.

July 9, 2019

The 2019 4H and FFA Horse games were held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Mighty Howard County Fiar in Cresco, Iowa.

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